England has crowned some new royalty: A human resources graduate from Venezuela, Ivian Sarcos, whose ambition is to work with children, was crowned Miss World 2011 at a glittering beauty pageant at the Earls Court Two in London on Sunday.
Miss Philippines, Gwendoline Ruais was crowned as the 1st runner up and Miss Puerto Rico, Amanda Perez, the 2nd runner up. Miss Venezuela looked gorgeous in a large pink feathery gown open in the front as she was being crowned by Miss World 2010, Alexandria Mills of USA.
21-year-old Miss Venezuela Ivian Sarcos took the ultimate beauty accolade at Earls Court in London, the city where the first Miss World was staged in 1951. Outside the venue, a small feminist demonstration took place, protesting at what they said was an “appalling offence against women’s equality”.
Narrowed down from top 15, the top 7 comprised Korea, Venezuela, England, Philippines, Puerto Rico, South Africa and Scotland. The 15 semi finalists included Indonesia, Korea, Italy, Sweden, Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Venezuela, Philippines, US VI, Spain, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Scotland and England.
Dominican Republic was awarded Miss World 2011 Sports Champ. Miss England was Miss World 2011 Beach Beauty, Kazakhstan was Miss World 2011 Top Model, while Miss World 2011 Talent title went to Miss Chile, and Miss Ghana and Miss Indonesia jointly shared the title of Beauty with a Purpose.
The evening took off with a grand performance by Diversity, touted as Britain’s most talented street dancing group, in between which the girls from 150 countries were introduced which included India’s Kanishtha Dhankhar. As anchors Jason Cook, and Angela Chow – the 9th time host of Miss World, took to the stage and introduced the jury which comprised ex title holders among others, the audience broke into a thunderous applause.
The beauty contest was broadcast live to more than 150 countries and was watched by a billion viewers, organisers said. The competition has drawn criticism in recent years for being outdated and little more than a chance to look good in swimwear.
But of the 122 contestants whom Sarcos beat, a quarter are graduates and more than half speak three or more languages. Sarcos, who currently works for a broadcasting company, said her future ambition was to work with non-governmental organisations and children, according to the Miss World web site.
She has already created her own foundation to help youngsters. Her hobbies include volleyball, mountaineering and trekking. One of 13 children, Sarcos said her proudest moment was “when I did my Communion”.
Dominican Republic was awarded Miss World 2011 Sports Champ. Miss England was Miss World 2011 Beach Beauty, Kazakhstan was Miss World 2011 Top Model, while Miss World 2011 Talent title went to Miss Chile, and Miss Ghana and Miss Indonesia jointly shared the title of Beauty with a Purpose. [Photos via Miss World/Facebook; Story via Reuters]